In the lunar month of Muharram each year, Shiite Muslims mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad).

In the lunar month of Muharram each year, Shiite Muslims mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad).

Ceremonies to mark the occasion begin on the first day of Muharram and come to their peak on the 10th.

The following images released by the Iranian Labor News Agency take you to a market where mourning instruments and other items used in the ceremonies are up for sale:

Fatemeh Askarieh is an Iranian journalist working on a range of fields including culture, art, lifestyle, cultural heritage, and tourism. She has been working with the Iran Front Page (IFP) Media Group for 10 years, and is currently the head of the Art and Lifestyle Department.

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